I've been seeing a ton of novelty cameras lately. From 35mm models to funky digital cameras — and even one that meows — these cute cameras are both fun and inexpensive.
While the holidays seem close at hand to the retail industry, they are still far enough away that most of us don't want to even think about gift buying or giving.
While I'm not ready to start stuffing any stockings, I don't want to let the bevy of new "it" products from stores like Firebox and Thinkgeek go out of stock before I get my mittens on them, so I'm stocking up.
My favorite gift right now is the Zip Code Puzzle from Firebox. They are unique map-style jigsaws centered on a place of your choice. You send the company the house number, street name and zip code of the area you'd like at the center of your puzzle and they send you a personalized puzzle.
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It's an "Oscar Style" USB Webcam, meaning it's not exactly licensed and is silver rather than the traditional Oscar gold, but it has four LED lights and looks like a load of fun.
The device connects to your USB port and will allow you to video chat and practice your acceptance speech should you ever win that award. It costs $10.
We've all seen our fair share of novelty gadgets, particularly "i"- gadgets or funky speakers in the shapes of animals, alien-inspired towers, or daises, but the question is, would you buy one? RaRaJulia recently moved into a new place and sent me these photos of her novelty dog speakers, which she says are quite the conversation/compliment starters. We know they are totally cute, but is the concept of novelty speakers geeky, or geek chic?
Everyone is obsessed about their weight these days - just ask Fitsugar. Too fat, too thin, size zero this, obese that. If you're sick and tired of getting on the scale and seeing a number you don't like I suggest you 1. download trailrunner and hit the trails with your iPod and 2. invest in a Celebrity Weighing Scale, which is bound to help you burn a few calories via laughter.
With this humorous scale you get to compare your weight with the likes of Baby Jesus, Gary Coleman, Mr Ed (yes, the talking horse!) and Donald Trump's Combover. It really is comforting to know that you can par up with Goldie Hawn, John Candy or King Kong. The good news is, since it was made by a British company there aren't any "ironic" Olsen twin, Nicole Richie or Kate Boseworth markers. $34 from Firebox.
I usually hate on silly 'i" things for the simple reason that there are too many of them. When it comes to the iFish, iDog and iCat, my feelings are all friendly and fun. The small little critters are interactive speaker toys that hook up to your iPod or MP3 player. Apparently, you just have to play their favorite tunes and they will come to life - swishing their tails and flashing their LED 'mood' lights.
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The gadget world has been a buzz about the idea of Swedish designers Electrolux's Dustmate slipper vacuum, which has a built-in vacuum cleaner in the sole of the shoe.
I am generally a skeptic when it comes to novelty gadgets, but this one seems just about as functional as you can get. I only have carpet in a small area of my house, and the rest is covered with hardwood floor so everyday is a dust battle. The idea of putting on some shoes, turning on my iPod and sliding around the house while picking up dust and dirt is just the kind of geeky thing I fantasize about daily. No word yet on the potential cost of the shoes or when they might make it to the market. I'll be waiting nonetheless.